Biking is many things to many people. For some, it’s a way to get around and a primary vehicle for transportation. For others, it’s a great way to get some exercise. Celebrate National Bike Month and get up close and personal with your city. We have chosen just a few you can explore this May:

Bicyclist on main Chicago street

Chicago, Illinois: Cyclists have known for a while that the urban landscape has become a treasure trove of bicycle paths. Cities around the country have created dedicated lanes and bikeways separate from roads. Chicago is one of the best examples of this. The city has created more than 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes and features more than 80 trails that provide scenery. If you don’t have a bicycle, don’t worry. Like many major U.S. cities, Chicago offers a subsidized bike-share program to help you get around.

Woman riding bike on path

Portland, Oregon: Long regarded as one of the best biking cities in America, Portland continues to build upon that reputation day after day. According to the U.S. Census, the number of people who biked to work increased by 27% between 2013 and 2014. Did you know that Portland has more cyclists per capita than any other city in the U.S.?

Bicycling in Portland is so big that an entire economy is based around it. Bike shops, rental stores and more flourish as tourists and residents visit and explore the Pacific Northwest. The city also has a bike-share program. Let’s not forget the bicycle trails outside of the city proper. Mountain bikers love exploring Forest Park and the single-track mountain bike trails.

Senior man and woman on bicycles

Boulder, Colorado: Not far outside of Denver, Boulder is a bicyclist’s paradise. Around 9% of residents commute via bike. And, compared to nearby Denver, Boulder has far fewer cars, making it a safer choice for bicyclists. The mountain trails, though, are the real treat for Boulder bicyclists.  

One thing to keep in mind whether biking in Boulder or Denver: If you just moved to the area, take it slow at first, even if you’re a seasoned cyclist. The higher altitude can be taxing if you have not yet acclimated.  

Couple helping their child ride a bike

Austin, Texas: Austin continues to grow as a center for technology and shows a lot of love to bicyclists. Over the last few years, the city has completed a number of public works projects to expand its network of bike paths. That might explain why around 10% of residents living in the downtown area bike to work.

It wouldn’t be Austin if it didn’t have something weird going on, though. Austin loves its bikes so much that it features a Bike Zoo, a crazy collection of cycling machines shaped like animals. If you’re looking for something a bit more normal, Austin has you covered with its 6-mile long Lance Armstrong Bikeway, which goes all the way through the heart of the city. You can also head outside of the city to bike the gorgeous Texas Hill Country.

National Bike Month Series

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